What is the Y?
We're glad you asked! 

- The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

- The Y is a powerful association of men, women, and children committed to bringing about lasting personal and social change. With a focus on nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors, the Y enables youth, adults, families and communities to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

- In the U.S., the Y is comprised of YMCA of the USA, a national resource office, and more than 2,600 independent YMCAs with approximately 20,000 staff and 500,000 volunteers in 10,000 communities across the country.

- The Y engages 9 million youth and 12 million adults in 10,000 communities across the U.S. In Southern Nevada, more than 40,000 individuals participate in the Y experience annually.

- Worldwide, the Y serves more than 45 million people in 124 countries. Ys across the U.S. play an integral role in strengthening the leadership and youth programs of the Y around the world.

- The Y is accessible to all people. We offer financial assistance to those who cannot afford the Y experience.

- The Y is guided by four core values: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility.

Do I have to be Christian to join?
No, everyone is welcome! What started as the Young Men’s Christian Association in 1844 has evolved into the Y of today, a far-reaching organization. Members, staff and volunteers include men, women and children of all ages and walks of life.

Does a national board make all the decisions?
The YMCA of Southern Nevada is governed by a local volunteer board of directors. They set policies and make decisions based on our community’s needs.

Why do you need to raise money?
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we run an annual fundraising campaign to offset costs not covered by fees. Funds raised provide scholarships to those who might not otherwise be able to afford the Y experience. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay. Read our 2013 annual report to learn more.

My grandpa belongs to the Y. Is it cool enough for my family and me?
If you consider a 34-foot rock wall, water parks, pools, fitness centers, cycling and yoga studios, basketball courts, weight rooms and dozens of programs like belly burn, karate, basketball, buddy personal training, swim lessons and Zumba hip (whew!), then the Y is definitely cool enough for you. We bet your grandpa loves it too. There are fitness and recreational opportunities for every member of the family, from infants to seniors.

When are you opening a branch near me?
Our four Y locations are spread throughout central and northwest Las Vegas, and northeast North Las Vegas. Along with our board of directors, we are always looking to expand our brand into underserved areas. While there are no new full-service facilities planned at this time, we are continually evaluating new ways to meet the fitness and recreational needs of individuals and families.

What if I can’t afford the Y?
No one is turned away because of an inability to pay, and that includes you. We'll personalize a membership package to meet your needs, including your budget. Financial assistance is also available. See our Financial Assistance page or come into a branch for more information on how to apply.

Can I sign up for a program if I’m not a member?
Yes. But remember, membership has its benefits. As a member you can participate in programs, sometimes at reduced rates, and enjoy everything the Y has to offer, including all facility amenities, free fitness classes and much more.

Is my membership only good where I enrolled?
Your membership gives you access to all YMCA of Southern Nevada locations and the various amenities, plus you can use Ys across the country when you're away from home.

I’m moving to Las Vegas. How do I transfer my Y membership?
Just stop by a branch within 30 days of arriving in Southern Nevada and we'll work with you to get your membership transferred.

Can I stay at the Y?
Unlike many YMCAs around the country, we do not have residence facilities.

Do you offer babysitting?
Our Child Watch program is the solution to your child care dilemma. Your child (3 months – 7 years) can enjoy fun, stimulating activities for up to two hours while you focus on your wellness routine. It’s free with your Family Membership. Hours vary by location.



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